Duncan Butchart, Author at Angama
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Duncan Butchart

Duncan Butchart is an all-round naturalist who has worked in conservation and ecotourism projects in eleven African countries. He has authored and illustrated several books on wildlife and has written numerous popular articles for periodicals such as ‘Travel Africa’ and ‘African Birding’. In 2014, he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Witwatersrand for his interactive work with African safari guides and his contribution to the conservation of vultures and other species. He never goes anywhere without his camera, notepad or sketchbook, relaying his observations through illustrated articles and blog postings.

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How the Mara got its Spots 18 December 2015 In Swahili, the word ‘mara’ means ‘spotted land’ – and when you are flying above the Maasai Mara in a small aircraft or gazing out across the plains from Angama Mara lodge, it’s easy to see why. Like the coat of a cheetah, the grassland is dotted with hundreds of thorn trees, widely spaced, their... By Duncan Butchart
Blue Blood – Peter Beard and the End of the Game 31 August 2015 Being interesting is a bit like being beautiful. More often than not, it’s in the eye of the beholder. Personally, I find most of the washed-up shells I see on the beach more beautiful than a highly polished cut-diamond, but a whole lot of people are going to disagree with me on that. In the... By Duncan Butchart
Simply Superb 5 May 2015 What’s in a Name? . . a bird’s name, that is . . . Nothing seems to get a birdwatcher more ruffled than when he or she finds out that a bird’s name has changed. In days of yore (i.e. about five years ago) this news would only come to light when a new edition... By Duncan Butchart
Mara Mambo 24 March 2015 Duncan Butchart is an author, illustrator and all-round naturalist and shares his fascination with Africa’s exquisite Grey Crowned Crane, including the intense courtship rituals and extraordinary mating dance By Duncan Butchart
Majestic Hunter – The Martial Eagle 17 February 2015 When a Martial Eagle – perched on top of one of the lonely thorn trees in the Mara – looks down at you with its piercing ambers eyes, you can feel its presence and power. ‘Majestic’ is an adjective tossed around all too frequently when describing birds of prey, but it is difficult to come... By Duncan Butchart
Kiboko the Hippo 6 January 2015 Mention the Maasai Mara, and images of wildebeest herds desperately trying to avoid the snapping jaws of crocodiles spring immediately to mind. And thanks to Jonathan Scott and the legion of photographers and cinematographers that have followed him, the Mara is also recognised as offering unparalleled viewing of lions, cheetah and leopards. Elephants are here... By Duncan Butchart